06-16-2014 01:14 PM
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  1. akthelonelyman's Avatar
    i know google is an integral part in internet and related services. but iam curious to know if any of u try to avoid google in your digital life and to what extent.

    personally i dislike much of googles policy and their literal contempt for users privacy. i dont use gmail, i prefer hotmail and yahoo. no google drive ,instead i use mainly dropbox and now after i got my wp ,onedrive to back up photos.
    youtube? there is not really even an average alternative for that. vimeo is good but the selection of videos is too small{like latest movie trailers}.
    i tried using bing search..for basic searches bing is good but when i want to find some thing which is not a popular site or an article about certain topics i must google.
    google search and youtube cant be replaced atleast for now..im curious to know how others see it.
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    04-18-2014 01:08 PM
  2. BatteryLife's Avatar
    For me, i do not purposely go out of the way to avoid Google. It is just that I started using hotmail first. (and the fact that I hate the Gmail UI). I use google for three things, translate, search, and YouTube.

    As much as people here does not want to admit, Bing is much inferior compared to those three. My own opinions thoug
    04-18-2014 01:17 PM
  3. Kazashimo's Avatar
    For me, i do not purposely go out of the way to avoid Google. It is just that I started using hotmail first. (and the fact that I hate the Gmail UI). I use google for three things, translate, search, and YouTube.

    As much as people here does not want to admit, Bing is much inferior compared to those three. My own opinions thoug
    I agree with you on translate, and we all know that MS has no video service, but Bing search finds everything I need. Not to mention the image of the day. I have learned a lot of new things thanks to Bing's search page.
    04-18-2014 08:53 PM
  4. Fizoto's Avatar
    Nothing beats YouTube and Translate, yes, but otherwise, I'm pretty Google free. Even search. If Bing doesn't do the job, I find DuckDuckGo is a good place to go.
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    04-19-2014 01:14 AM
  5. Kazashimo's Avatar
    Nothing beats YouTube and Translate, yes, but otherwise, I'm pretty Google free. Even search. If Bing doesn't do the job, I find DuckDuckGo is a good place to go.
    I used duck duck go a while back, I didn't like that there was no image search. Maybe I was missing something?
    04-29-2014 12:24 AM
  6. mike13ftw's Avatar
    You can't avoid google . Google is almost everywhere I use YouTube google plus translate some times hangouts Gmail . And from Microsoft services only OneDrive for my photos and a little the hotmail .
    04-29-2014 12:40 AM
  7. a5cent's Avatar
    I have a gmail account for YouTube (unavoidable). I have not received nor sent a single e-mail over that account since it was created. Otherwise I am completely Google free.
    04-29-2014 12:46 AM
  8. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    That like to the OP was just for the thought of a "Google-free life"!

    Google
    Gmail
    YouTube

    Three of the most used products by me, in that order.

    Yes, MS DOES have something very close, but still not quite there. They have Bing, they have Local Scout etc.. They DON'T have something for Videos. I am sure, if they decide to take over Google, they damn well can. But it will be equivalent of putting all your eggs in the same basket.
    04-30-2014 01:23 AM
  9. cyborg4's Avatar
    I don't use any Google services except YouTube, which I don't sign in to. I don't have a Google account. I use Bing for search, translate, and that lot. I use Windows Phone, and wouldn't ever get a (excuse me while I throw up) CHROMEBOOK.

    tl;dr: I hate Google and don't use their services.
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    04-30-2014 01:49 AM
  10. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    I don't use any Google services except YouTube, which I don't sign in to. I don't have a Google account. I use Bing for search, translate, and that lot. I use Windows Phone, and wouldn't ever get a (excuse me while I throw up) CHROMEBOOK.

    tl;dr: I hate Google and don't use their services.
    I have an Android device to be very very honest, i's ok...nothing to die for or kill for. But the hardware is good. If only I could run a Windows Phone on it.
    04-30-2014 03:58 AM
  11. thron's Avatar
    The only Google product I use is Youtube. I do not sign in/have an account.
    I don't like any of their other services, including their search engine.. which in recent years is more jammed with ads than quality results. I get better results in Bing, with less bloat.

    I also don't like how they seem to have their hands in so many pies, it's creepy. Capitalism.. yes, ok, but they're going a tad overboard.
    05-02-2014 11:59 PM
  12. altafmahmood's Avatar
    I used to use a lot of services by Google. Now I have given up with just using their YouTube service.
    Although Bing isn't as good as Google but it does the job, and pretty nicely.
    On the other front no other search engine finds video as nicely as Bing. The UI of gmail is crap imo.
    Outlook is better crafted.
    05-03-2014 12:12 AM
  13. Danjp's Avatar
    I still use Gmail, but rarely goto Gmail.com. I access it through outlook.com, I use google drive for some shared folder storage stuff, but google docs is horrible, people use to have an excuse to have to use it but Office through OneDrive is so much better, and I don't think you can get away without having to use YouTube. I would like to see a google hangouts/ google voice app on WP though.
    Last edited by Danjp; 05-03-2014 at 02:19 AM.
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    05-03-2014 12:31 AM
  14. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    I don't use any Google services except YouTube, which I don't sign in to. I don't have a Google account. I use Bing for search, translate, and that lot. I use Windows Phone, and wouldn't ever get a (excuse me while I throw up) CHROMEBOOK.

    tl;dr: I hate Google and don't use their services.
    You can stick linux on your chrome book to make it bearable.


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    05-03-2014 07:11 PM
  15. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    I have an Android device to be very very honest, i's ok...nothing to die for or kill for. But the hardware is good. If only I could run a Windows Phone on it.
    You can get a windows 8 launcher and change the home screen.


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    05-03-2014 07:12 PM
  16. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    You can get a windows 8 launcher and change the home screen.


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    Done that mate. But it's not even close to the original by a mile...Android in all honesty has an inherent lagging problem. The problem isn't weak hardware. The problem is faulty code.


    Sent from iCeborg's iPad.
    05-03-2014 11:54 PM
  17. cyborg4's Avatar
    You can stick linux on your chrome book to make it bearable.


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    You have a point, but why not just get a low-end Windows or Linux laptop?
    05-04-2014 01:32 PM
  18. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    Well I saw a chromebook for $150 on groupon. I think that's really cheap.


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    05-04-2014 02:04 PM
  19. Azurus's Avatar
    I'm all in for Microsoft . The only 2 things connecting me to google are
    1.YouTube - sorry you can't help it
    2. An internet search to something that Bing fails me in. And I believe this is gonna change later on as Microsoft pays more attention day by day to their lovely search provider
    05-04-2014 09:49 PM
  20. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Outside youtube, I've lived a google free life for about 7 or 8 years now. It's been so long that I cannot really remember when it actually happened. I really want to get out of using youtube as well, but it's kind of hard since there really isn't anything that comes close.
    05-04-2014 10:07 PM
  21. Live2Deliver's Avatar
    up till recently i was tied to google services for android, mail, google drive, etc
    but after coming to WP and google decided to become a **** and screw up everything they do, i pretty much stopped using their services, except youtube.

    If not for my school last week who insisted in using google's sites (to do this https://sites.google.com/site/live2deliver/), drive, analytics, i'd say i stopped google for 6 months so far now.
    Selling our privacy isn't very cool thing to do.
    Last edited by Live2Deliver; 05-05-2014 at 06:13 AM.
    05-05-2014 05:48 AM
  22. jargonz's Avatar
    I used to promote the Google search engine to others back in the early 1990s when it was competing with the likes of InfoSeek and Alta Vista. But I stopped liking Google when it became a big bully. I changed my default search engine from Google to Bing a long time ago, and I don't miss Google at all. The only Google services I still use are YouTube and Gmail. I still use YouTube because there is currently no viable alternative. I use my Gmail address when registering to websites I don't completely trust (possible spammers); otherwise, I use my Outlook.com address.
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    05-05-2014 06:19 AM
  23. Azurus's Avatar
    I think everyone would agree that YouTube can never be replaced. It's been there forever
    05-05-2014 09:17 AM
  24. Live2Deliver's Avatar
    I think everyone would agree that YouTube can never be replaced. It's been there forever
    it can, google had already kinda screwed up youtube over the years by bits here and there, like monetising personal videos. If vimeo didn't had their price plans and upload limit and instead adopt a freeium model like how youtube started, lots of people would already had switched.

    Right now i'd actually prefer china's youku over youtube for their features (viewing the video in a smaller floating, repositionable, thumbnail while scrolling down the comments), if not for their limited content.
    05-06-2014 12:08 AM
  25. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    I really really hate youtube now days. If there was an alternative, i'd use it. Vimeo is ok, but it just simply has a fraction of the content.
    05-06-2014 12:56 AM
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